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Plan Your Nice Holiday: Best of Nice

Explore Nice

The deep blue waters of the Cote d’Azur are the dramatic backdrop for elegant Nice, the cultural capital of the French Riviera, set on the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels). Stroll, bike, or rollerblade the famous Promenade des Anglais, a palm-tree-lined, four-mile stretch that runs along the Mediterranean. A hike up Castle Hill offers up incredible panoramic views, while a walk through the pretty streets of Old Town delivers on cute cafés, a famed flower market, and busy brasseries serving delicious Provençal food. It’s easy to see why Nice was a haven for painters like Marc Chagall and Matisse, and if you need a break from Nice’s endless sun, you can visit local museums highlighting their work. Don’t pass up the chance to experience the French Riviera’s glitz and glamour by taking day trips to Saint Tropez and Monaco or by joining a group to go clubbing ‘til dawn.
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The best rooftop bars to watch the sunset in Nice

Yes, Paris is grand, but Nice is the French city I keep returning to over and over again. And watching the sun set behind the water during golden hour while sipping an ice-cold glass of rosé is my favourite thing to do there. Here are 7 rooftop bars to check out on your next trip to the city.
Esther Carlstone, Los Angeles, CA
  • Farago on the Roof
    If chic hotel pool vibes are your thing, this is the place. Stunning views, hearty tapas, and festive live music make this a place I love recommending to first-timers. To avoid being disappointed, make sure to reserve a table overlooking the ocean for the ultimate happy hour. And if you’re travelling with children, like I often do, rest assured that this is one bar that’s family-friendly and even has a children' menu to please picky eaters.
  • Calade Rooftop Restaurant
    The rooftop restaurant topping the Radisson Blu boasts a prime location overlooking the Promenade des Anglais, offering breathtaking views of the impossibly blue water from the dining room and the narrow terrace outside. If wine isn’t your thing, they also have delicious signature cocktails, like my personal favourite, the Madeline (with amaretto, triple sec, and pineapple juice). Pair your drink with the oven-baked camembert and you’ll feel that all is right with the world.
  • Le Plongeoir
    This bar is a little off the beaten path, sitting on the edge of the port, but I always recommend it for its one-of-a-kind, over-the-water experience. It’s definitely an Instagram-ready spot, so I’d recommend going here for a glass of wine and an starter and then heading out to dinner elsewhere. It’s just a short drive (or a long walk) to get here. Note that bookings are a must during peak seasons.
  • Peska by La Terrasse
    This vibey bar on the 10th floor of the Le Meridian hotel has rebranded in order to focus more on its array of fish dishes—great news for anyone who loves seafood. Grab a chilled glass of wine while watching the bustle of the Promenade des Anglais or the glittering Mediterranean below. I come for the rosé and charcuterie, and love sitting in the lounge area for more of a chill evening.
  • Movida
    If you love people-watching as much as I do, this charming terrace tapas bar is a happy hour must. It’s equally ideal for a pre-dinner aperitif—check out the extensive cocktail menu—or a coffee break. Order the aiguillettes de poisson (fish filets) and wander around with your glass in hand checking out the activity on the promenade below, or score a spot on one of the two small terraces to catch an epic sunset.
  • Bella Ciela Nice Bar & Rooftop
    An Insta-worthy makeover gives this pretty-in-pink bar a whimsical air, making it a favourite place to bring fellow travelling friends. I love the gorgeous views of the city’s rooftops—including the Notre Dame Basilica—as the sun starts to sink below the horizon. The service can be slow, but just sit back and enjoy that laissez-faire lifestyle. If you’re trying to avoid crowds, check this place out in the morning for a coffee and pastry.